Best Bars and Venues in Key West for Live Music

Amber Nolan

By , Local Expert, Key West
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Live music speaks to the soul and stirs something within, especially with a drink in hand! Key West's bars and pubs also serve as mini music halls, so great music can be found every night. Many classic, sticky-floor dive bars like the Hog's Breath and Sloppy Joe's feature sing-a-long rock and pop covers that everyone knows well enough to shout the refrain. Others showcase a wider range of musical genres, and you may uncover a new favorite band.

The newest addition to Duval Street is the Little Room Jazz Club, a sophisticated lounge that plays jazz and blues nightly, while the Smokin' Tuna is another rookie just off Duval...  Read more »

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    Irish Kevin's

    Enjoy the bawdy humor of the musicians at Irish Kevin's where they interact with the crowd, keep the party going and cold beer flowing.

    Local Expert Tip: "Bring your sense of humor. If you're easily offended, this is not the spot for you."

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    Little Room Jazz Club

    This classy venue is stepping the traditional music scene up a notch!

    Local Expert Tip: "Happy Hour includes 2-for-1 specials on hand-crafted specialty cocktails."

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    Smokin' Tuna

    This newcomer on the block has been delivering some great bands each and every night.

    Local Expert Tip: "Swing by the gift shop and pick up a souvenir on your way out. "

  • 4

    Green Parrot Bar

    It's the kind of place that draws a crowd of listeners both outside and in.

    Local Expert Tip: "Check their website for updates and events schedule."

  • 5

    Cowboy Bill's Honky Tonk Saloon

    This is the spot to be in Key West for country music lovers!

    Local Expert Tip: "Visit their Facebook page to stay updated on special events."

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    Schooner Wharf Bar

    Live music is that much better when you're listening it on the waterfront!

    Local Expert Tip: "Be sure to check their special events listing."

  • 7

    Hog's Breath Saloon

    This is a classic Key West dive bar: sticky tables, sticky floors, and great music!

    Local Expert Tip: "Try the Key Lime shooters!"

  • 8

    Rum Barrel

    Musicians from all over the world take the stage at the outdoor bar.

    Local Expert Tip: "For in-depth information about rum, download their Rum Bible before visiting."

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    Virgilio's makes for a well-rounded evening of dinner and entertainment.

    Local Expert Tip: "Thursdays are Latin dance night!"

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    Sloppy Joe's

    If you happen to pass by Sloppy Joe's and don't hear live music, it's because the band is on a beer break.

    Local Expert Tip: "Try the house drink: the Cuban mojito."



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